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March 27, 1987 | GREG JOHNSON
The Newport Beach resident is 50 years old and married, with 3 children. He graduated in 1959 from Chapman College in Orange and has been chairman of the board of the 2,000-student liberal arts college for 11 years. He is credited with guiding the college through a rocky financial period in the 1970s. A self-made multimillionaire, he started investing in real estate in 1962 with a $1,200 loan.
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June 8, 2003
Re "UCI Sets Sights on Big Donors," May 19: So the UC Regents want a new $50-million medical center at UCI. Where to find the cash? One solution. Get the rich to pony up. Of course, there's a tit-for-tat. The donor gets her or his name on the building. If you take a walk around Chapman University, you will see an imposing building called the Argyros Forum. Named after George Argyros. Who is George Argyros? A Chapman alumnus. A billionaire. Very politically connected. The current ambassador to Spain.
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May 10, 1998 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
George Argyros is a man who can't sit still. He often carries two briefcases when he boards his private jet. His 100-foot yacht, the Huntress, is equipped with satellite communications, mainly for telephones and fax machines. Even on a pleasure cruise in the Mediterranean, "he's always looking to soak up something other than sun--he soaks up information," says James L. Doti, president of Chapman University in Orange where Argyros is chairman of the board of trustees.
NEWS
March 31, 2002
Re "County Still Has Plenty of Airport Fight Left in It, Smith Says," March 20: As a longtime resident of South County, I am continually amazed by the head-in-the-sand attitude of the pro-airport supervisors. Two election votes against an airport at El Toro, and Supervisor Chuck Smith still won't let it go the way of the Edsel. It's understandable that there's more support in North County for an airport because it does not impact their quality of life, property values, etc. South County, on the other hand, realized how bad this idea was and was willing to fight it with money out of our own pockets.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1993 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of Southern California's biggest home builders and a heavy hitter who once owned the Seattle Mariners baseball team have parted ways over real estate deals that went sour. John E. Wertin owns Woodcrest Development Inc. of Irvine, the eighth-largest home builder in Southern California last year. George Argyros, who sold the Mariners a few years ago, is one of the largest apartment owners in Orange County. The two are partners in several large development deals.
NEWS
April 25, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wealthy Orange County businessman George Argyros' appointment as U.S. ambassador to Spain could come from the White House as early as today, sources told The Times. If Argyros is confirmed by the Senate, it would mean the departure from Orange County of the most visible and aggressive supporter for the county's most contentious public works project: building a commercial airport at the closed El Toro Marine base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and ANN CONWAY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In his first act as ambassador to Spain, Orange County businessman George Argyros officially welcomed Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar to Washington on Tuesday. Argyros was scheduled to attend meetings today with Aznar and President Bush to discuss the war on terrorism. Argyros then will fly to Madrid with his wife, Judie, to begin moving into the ambassador's residence. Early next month, he will present his credentials to King Juan Carlos I.
NEWS
April 17, 1994 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
William Buck Johns and George L. Argyros are in different leagues, but together they epitomize the social, political and business worlds of Newport Beach. Johns, a native Arkansan with a high-pitched twang, once turned his tennis court into a reception hall for then-Vice President Dan Quayle. The event came to symbolize the maturation of his belief that business deals slide perfectly into the world of politics, like hand in glove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
George L. Argyros Jr., the son of a prominent real estate developer, faces criminal charges in Idaho alleging that he used an Orange County Sheriff's Advisory Council medallion to force a motorist off the road and threaten him with arrest, authorities said Monday. Argyros, 28, of Newport Beach, whose father is George Argyros, head of Arnel Development Co.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1989 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
When Newport Beach businessman George Argyros said goodby to major league baseball, he said hello to major league profits. At a tearful news conference Tuesday in Seattle, Argyros announced that he plans to sell the beleaguered Seattle Mariners to two Indiana businessmen. He bought the team in 1981 for $13 million; it was appraised in June at $76.1 million, which is believed to be the purchase price.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2002 | JEAN O. PASCO and ANN CONWAY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As they move from laid-back Southern California to the precise royal protocol of Madrid's Plaza Mayor, George Argyros and his wife are learning that an ambassador's life requires certain trade-offs. Now that he is the U.S. ambassador to Spain, he has had to give up his 6 a.m. runs around Balboa Island. Gone too are those unaccompanied drives to work from his bay-front house on exclusive Harbor Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and ANN CONWAY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In his first act as ambassador to Spain, Orange County businessman George Argyros officially welcomed Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar to Washington on Tuesday. Argyros was scheduled to attend meetings today with Aznar and President Bush to discuss the war on terrorism. Argyros then will fly to Madrid with his wife, Judie, to begin moving into the ambassador's residence. Early next month, he will present his credentials to King Juan Carlos I.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2001
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved Orange County businessman George L. Argyros as ambassador to Spain, sending the nomination to the full Senate. A committee official said a Senate vote is likely by mid-December. Also Wednesday, Gaddi H. Vasquez, a former Orange County supervisor, told the committee that as Peace Corps director he would expand opportunities for Americans to volunteer for service abroad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2001 | MARISA SCHULTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County billionaire George L. Argyros breezed through a Senate nomination hearing Wednesday in his bid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Spain. What could have been a grilling over Argyros' controversial business practices turned out to be a calm proceeding. Only three of the 19 members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee attended the hearing; Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who sits on the committee, did not attend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2001 | MARISA SCHULTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County billionaire George L. Argyros breezed through Senate nomination hearings Wednesday in his bid to become the next U.S. ambassador to Spain. What could have been a tough grilling over Argyros' controversial business practices turned out to be a calm proceeding. Only three of the 19 members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee attended the hearing. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who sits on the committee, did not attend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County businessman George Argyros, who headed a $30-million fund-raising effort in California last year for President Bush, is expected to be approved by a Senate committee today in his quest to be ambassador to Spain. Argyros will join six others diplomatic post seekers before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The nominations also must be accepted by the full Senate.
BUSINESS
April 28, 1998 | BARBARA MARSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
George L. Argyros, chairman and the largest individual shareholder of Apria Healthcare Inc., disclosed Monday that he may lead an effort to buy the troubled home health care company and take it private. Argyros, who controls a 5.4% stake in the Costa Mesa company, has told some directors of his intentions and plans to explain his strategy today at the regular board meeting, sources said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2001
Re "All Is Settled in the Apartment Case, Except What Happened," Oct. 7: Dana Parsons expresses frustration at the decision of the California attorney general to settle the Arnel Management Co. consumer fraud case instead of litigating it to conclusion so that we would know whether or not George Argyros presided over an apartment management company "that for years systematically defrauded its tenants." Parsons goes so far as to say that the settlement "stinks." Why would the attorney general settle this case for a measly $1 million when, according to the investigator for the Orange County district attorney, "restitution could have gone into the millions of dollars"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2001 | JAMES S. GRANELLI and SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County billionaire George L. Argyros, whose nomination as ambassador to Spain has been held up since spring, appears closer to getting his ticket to Madrid. Congressional sources say Argyros' path was cleared when state prosecutors settled a consumer fraud investigation into one of his companies.
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